March 23, 2005
Softball Takes Down Colo.-Colorado Springs 9-7 at Rebel Spring Games
ORLANDO, Fla. - In a rain-shortened day at the Rebel Spring Games, the Northwest Missouri State softball team held on for a 9-7 victory over Colorado-Colorado Springs this afternoon. The game earlier against West Virginia Wesleyan was cancelled due to wet weather.
Northwest, who ends the Rebel Spring Games with a 3-4 record, stands 16-9 overall on the year.
After Northwest was sent down scoreless in the top of the first inning, UCCS plated three runs thanks to a homer by Crystal Krebs. Down 3-0, the Bearcats managed to score two on a two-out, two-RBI double by junior Katy Johns in the top of the second frame.
The 'Cats exploded in the fourth with six runs on five hits to take a 8-3 lead. Three straight hits chased UCCS starter Sandra Reyes. Sophomore Kaytee Schulenberg rapped a two-RBI single while three other players drove in one run. All Bearcat runs were scored with two outs.
With Northwest holding a 9-5 lead in the top of the fifth inning, the Mountain Lions notched a lone run in the bottom of the frame and plated two in the sixth to come within a 9-7 count. However, starting pitcher Shelly MacDonald moved to 9-2 on the year as she shut the door on UCCS in the bottom of the seventh.
MacDonald went the distance for the eighth time in 2005 as she struck out seven and walked four batters. Reyes was hit with the loss in 3.2 innings of work as she allowed eight earned runs on seven hits.
John, who set the Northwest single game steals record (4) yesterday versus Minnesota Duluth, finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI. Sophomore Linellis Santiago went 2-for-5 with two RBI and redshirt freshman Janelle Krohn was 2-for-3 with two runs-batted-in.
Four UCCS players notched two hits apiece as the Mountain Lions totaled 10 runs to Northwest's nine hits.
The Bearcats head home to begin Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) play as they host Truman State on Monday, Mar. 28. First pitch from Bearcat Field is set to begin at 2:30 p.m.
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